Making homemade nut milk and nut milk coffee creamer is super easy. All you need is your favorite nut or seed and water. Or coconut cream (canned or fresh) or even coconut flakes. Vegan, whole food, paleo, keto and whole30 friendly!
For decadent flavors there’s lots of options. Fresh vanilla bean or flavor extract. I love almond extract! Peppermint extract is great too. Plus you can add cocoa powder or cinnamon powder. And a pinch of salt!
For sweetness you can blend a couple dates, sweet syrups, sugar or sugar free powders ( I love powdered swerve) or even some drops of stevia.
Water to liquid ratio is totally up to you. The less water you use the thicker the cream will be. The more water you use the closer it will be to nut milk. Most common ratio is: 1/2 cup nuts (measure then soak overnight) & blend with 1.5 cups of water. Again, feel free to play around with this ratio.
Filtering the pulp is highly recommend. Hemp seeds are the only nuts/seeds that you don’t need to filter. A fine mess strainer (got mine off amazon) works really well for a lot of these. But the super thick ones (lots of nuts, little water) really requires a nut milk bag. I suggest having one of each. A strainer is less drama than a nut milk bag but I failed to extract any liquid from the hazelnut creamer using a strainer. But the nut bag worked perfectly.
Lazy options for those are like “F- soaking, straining and lifting a builder”. Straight coconut cream from a can is my ABSOLUTE favor option. Plain ole coconut cream (not including the coconut water part of the can) is flawless. I’ve also heard of folks using nut butter. Why the hell not?!
Shelve life for homemade nut milk/coconut cream is 3-6 days in the fridge. I’ve heard it can be even shorter when you blend the batch with sweetener. All I’m saying is there are no preservatives so make batches that will get used within a few days.
Secret ingredients that will make your coffee creamer & nut milk closer to store bought. If you add even a pinch of thickener (think xanthan gum) that will give an even fuller mouth feel. Xanthan gum isn’t an emulsifier but it can bring together the fat & water elements to these recipes. Using a little emulsifier in your recipe isn’t a bad idea but it’s also not necessary.
My favorite of these 6 is the coconut cashew cream. And the cashew part was optional. I actually thought most of these tasted identical. I would fail a blind taste test. Coconut cream brings the fullest experience. The hazelnut milk definitely was distinct. Nutella vibes minus the sweet cocoa-ness. The hemp milk was the only one that was a bit earthy. Sweetened hemp milk is pure heaven. I think the hemp milk was the only one I would need to sweeten in order to actually drink.
*I haven’t tried frothing these. If you try to froth these let me know your results.
**I got these plastic bottles for free from whole foods. I asked the juice guy if I could buy some but he said it wasn’t possible to ring them up. And that he could only give me 4 empty bottles 🙂
Basic Cashew Coffee Creamer – Nut Milk
1/2 cashews (85g) + 1.25 cups water
- Soak cashews overnight, drain then blend with 1.25 cups water. Strain. ENJOY
Cashew Coconut Coffee Creamer – Nut Milk
1 cup cashews (164g), 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (50g), 3 cups water, pinch of salt
- Blend everything together (no soaking nuts) and strain. ENJOY
Inspired by Edgy Veg
Almond + Oil Coffee Creamer – Nut Milk
1 cup almonds (170g), 2 cups water, 2 ts coconut oil (optional)
- Soak almonds overnight, drain then blend with water and coconut oil. Oil is optional. Strain and ENJOY
Inspired by Kim Constable
Coconut Cashew Cream Coffee Creamer – Nut Milk
1/4 cup cashews (optional), 1 chilled canned coconut milk or coconut cream
- Soak nuts overnight, drain and add to blender. Drain coconut water from chilled coconut can. Take the coconut cream and melt it (microwave for 1-2 minutes) and blend with cashews. Stain and ENJOY
Inspired by Plant Based Explorers
Hazelnut Coffee Creamer – Nut Milk
1 cup hazelnuts (168g), 1.5 cup water, fresh vanilla (beans from 1/2 vanilla pod), pinch of salt
- Soak nuts overnight and drain. Blend with water, vanilla and salt. Strain with nut milk bag & enjoy
Inspired by Holistic Longevity
Hemp Coffee Creamer – Nut Milk
2 cups hulled hemp seeds, 4 cups water
- Blend and ENJOY. (No soaking or straining needed)